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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Here are some interesting stories on the midterm campaigns that you may have missed on Tuesday, September 16:

• Election law expert Rick Hasen expects the Kansas Supreme Court to remove Democrat Chad Taylor’s name from the ballot. Such a decision would be a big blow to incumbent Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), who hopes that Taylor ends up siphoning votes away from Independent candidate Greg Orman.

• On a related note, a new poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling finds Orman ahead of Roberts in a head-to-head matchup, 46 to 36 percent. With Taylor on the ballot, Orman leads 41 to 34, with the Democrat earning 6 percent. The same poll finds Republican governor Sam Brownback trailing his Democratic challenger Paul Davis, 42 to 38 percent.

• PPP also finds Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) holding a 44 to 40 percent lead over her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis. Tillis’ record as Speaker of North Carolina’s far-right state legislature continues to hurt his numbers; his favorability is now a net negative 14 percent.

• A poll conducted for the Democratic group Senate Majority PAC finds Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) up 5 percent on his Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan. The numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, however, as Alaska polling is notoriously unreliable.

• Speaking of Senate Majority PAC, it is the biggest-spending SuperPAC of 2014 — and, as The Washington Post’s Matea Gold reports, it is making a big impact in the most hotly-contested Senate races.

• And despite the best efforts of the media — and, often, their own parties — 2014’s most scandal-ridden candidates are thriving in their re-election campaigns.

Screenshot: Orman for Senate/YouTube

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  • FT66

    Thanks Henry Decker for publishing these good news. Nevertheless, I knew it earlier they are coming. Thats well and good BUT no single Dem should feel contented. There is still a huge loadwork ahead. Now it is the time to register. Ask your friend, ask your neighbor, ask your colleagues if they have registered themselves to vote come Nov. Let us all use this time to register. As November approaches, then will come the final phase of getting people out to vote. We can all do it. And we can’t allow the other side to shame us again as they did in 2010.